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Quick Hits: M-1 Global Not Happy With The Way UFC Treats Its Fighters, Dana White Says Fedor Will Put Strikeforce Out of Business, and More

  • UFC President Dana WhiteStrikeforce made no major announcements during a media conference call on Thursday, declining to announce an opponent, date, or location for Fedor Emelianeko’s first Strikeforce bout. Among the noteworthy bits from the call were Showtime saying that Fedor is at least 6 to 9 months away from fighting on pay-per-view, M-1 Global and Fedor saying the UFC’s offer wasn’t as good as reported and that they don’t like the way the UFC treats its fighters, and it was confirmed that the UFC did take action to prevent Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral from taking place at Strikeforce’s August 15 event, but the fight will go on as scheduled.
  • UFC President Dana White was unsurprisingly vocal during today’s final pre-fight press conference for Saturday’s UFC 101 event, calling Strikeforce “Strike-farce” and saying that Fedor will “put them out of business”.
  • The UFC today announced a licensing agreement between JAKKS Pacific and Round 5 that will see new UFC action figure lines.
  • UFC welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida will participate in the famed ADCC grappling competition on September 26 and 27 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Tito Ortiz’s training for a likely fight against Mark Coleman will include sessions with popular boxing trainer Freddie Roach and UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
  • Strikeforce has signed undefeated middleweight prospect Zak Cummings.
  • Joe Riggs remains hospitalized after suffering a reaction to a prescription medication that forced him to withdraw from an August 15 matchup with Nick Diaz, but will reportedly be released next week and hopes to return to action as soon as possible.
  • A lightweight championship bout between title-holder Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki has been officially added to DREAM 11 on October 6 in Kanagawa, Japan.
  • Edith Larente’s days as an Octagon girl may be over, as she’s been removed from the official list of Octagon girls following the addition of Natasha, who won the Octagon girl search last month at UFC 100.
  • Hiroshi Izumi, Makoto Takimoto, and Kazunori Yokota have been added to the card for Sengoku 10th Battle, which takes place on September 23 in Saitama, Japan.
  • The UFC has released lightweight Dale Hartt to reportedly make room on its roster for fighters signed from Affliction.

Pictured: UFC President Dana White


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